It seems like a slew of new TikTok challenges are emerging every day, whether they’re showing off a grown user’s creativity or just babies being babies. The newest silly TikTok trend actually hit big in June but is “bubbling up” again, and it fits squarely into the latter category. It started off as a way for parents to share a helpful hint about dealing with baby gas but has since taken on a life of its own. Hold your nose and get ready to dive into TikTok’s Baby Fart Challenge.
Distractify reports that the adorable/gross viral trend began as a tip shared among mothers on TikTok. For those who’ve never dealt with the issue before, a little bit of gas can make a baby very uncomfortable — and lead to some intense tears.
The simple solution presented by the trend? Lay the baby on their back, and gently alternate pushing their knees up to their chest. The results are not only effective for comforting a distraught tot, they make for a hilarious viral video to boot.
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The trend has gone certifiably viral, with the #babyfartchallenge hashtag currently boasting nearly 23 million views on the platform. It’s not too hard to see why: not only are the little toots these babies let out hysterical, but some of their reactions are truly priceless as well.
The challenge has gotten so popular that it’s no longer confined just to babies. For example, a whole subgenre has emerged of users trying the trick out on their pets.
Others are even trying it out on their grown friends and family members — although some of these attempts end in bitter regret.
With some TikTok challenges bordering on the dangerous or even offensive, the baby fart challenge is a reminder that the platform also has its share of wholesome, silly — and maybe a bit smelly — fun.